Cocoa production in Cameroon

In the last ceremony to launch the 2021-2022 cocoa campaign, the 12% increase in cocoa production was made public, reaching more than 290,000 tons, representing its best production in the last six campaigns.

In this new campaign, two new Cameroonian cocoa destinations are added: Mexico and the United States, two destinations that had been excluded from the customer list during the 2019-2020 season.

The first destination for cocoa exports from Cameroon continues to be the Netherlands, a country to which 65% of cocoa production will be sent in the following season. After the Netherlands, within the countries to which most of the production is destined, are Indonesia (8.7%), Malaysia (7.2%) and China (6.1%).

For the next campaign there has been a reduction in the remuneration of cocoa producers, reaching 1,210 FCFA per kg, compared to 1,300 FCFA for the 2019-2020 campaign. The remuneration was reduced to 700 FCFA at the beginning of the campaign; however, it managed to increase rapidly.

“The Cameroonian producers, thanks to an internal organization that can certainly be improved, but efficient, and thanks to a policy of considerate export taxes, continued to receive remuneration on the farm well above the prices prevailing in other producing countries” , underlines the Minister of Commerce of Cameroon, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana.

This remuneration especially benefited producers in the central region, an area in which more than 43% of cocoa production is concentrated, consolidating their leadership in production.